Technicity Times
    Issue 4 • November 2003

CTOC October Event Report

How to Find the Hidden Money

by Jennifer Muhle

On October 30th, the Community Technology Organizing Consortium (CTOC)
hosted an event, How To Find The Hidden Money. Presentations were given by leaders in California's community technology arena: Eugene Chan of the Community Technology Foundation of California, Anne Neville of the Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet), Consultant Art McGee, Richard Chabran of California Community Technology Policy Group (CCTPG), James Lau of The Children's Partnership and CTOC Planning Committee Member, Micheline Wilcoxen of Community Development Technology.

Workshop presenters provided helpful information about resources available for community technology programs. The California Teleconnect Fund allows qualifying nonprofit organizations to apply for 50% discounts on telecommunications bills that include broadband services, according to Micheline Wilcoxen.

Discussion of other funding sources included the Digital Divide fund (AB 855), which was recently signed into law by Governor Davis. Richard Chabran stated that this fund will generate revenues from California's leasing of properties in order for cell phone companies to build towers, with a specific percentage set aside for community technology programs.

Finally, Anne Davis announced the availability of funds through CTCNet's Connections for Tomorrow, which will provide funding for community technology programs located in California.

There was participation from programs reaching as far south as Long Beach, north as Van Nuys, west as Santa Monica and east as Monrovia. Los Angeles County technology programs were well represented.

CTOC will sponsor another event. Please Save the Date of December 4th for CTOC's 4th Annual Holiday Event to be held in Long Beach, California. We look forward to seeing you there!

Jennifer Muhle is the CTOC Project Assistant. She can be reached at .



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